Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

March 19, 2007 12:29 ET

NSERC Steacie Fellowships Announced

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 19, 2007) - Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), today named the six rising stars of Canadian research who are winners of the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships - one of Canada's premier science and engineering research awards.

The NSERC Steacie Fellowship winners for 2007 are:

- Jillian Buriak, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta;

- Eckhard Meinrenken, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto;

- Andrew J. Roger, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University;

- Gregory D. Scholes, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto;

- Aephraim M. Steinberg, Department of Physics, University of Toronto; and

- Nikolaus Troje, Department of Psychology, Queen's University.

The winners receive funding of up to $400,000 over two years to support their research, and their universities receive a salary contribution to fund a replacement for the Fellows' teaching and administrative duties, thus allowing the winners to focus completely on their research.

"Our NSERC Steacie winners have demonstrated a high degree of creativity and innovation in their research, and their work is already having a real impact in their fields," said Fortier. "These fellowships will allow them to devote their full time and attention to their work, in effect turbocharging their research while freeing them from their other duties."

The NSERC Steacie Fellowships will be presented at a ceremony on March 19 in Ottawa.

Edgar William Richard Steacie, for whom the awards are named, was a physical chemist and President of the National Research Council from 1952 to 1962. He strongly believed that promising scientists are this country's greatest asset and should be given every opportunity to develop their own ideas.

NSERC is a federal agency whose role is to make investments in people, discovery and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency invests in people by supporting some 23,000 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11,000 university professors every year and helps make innovation happen by encouraging about 1,300 Canadian companies to invest in university research and training. Over the last 10 years, NSERC has invested $6 billion in basic research, university-industry projects, and the training of Canada's next generation of scientists and engineers.

For full details on the NSERC Steacie Fellowship winners for 2007 and their achievements, visit

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